THE LADLES - epk

KATIE MARTUCCI / CAROLINE KUHN / LUCIA PONTONIERE

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BIO

The Ladles have three part female harmony perfected - but their sound is more than that…They are an amalgamation of their respective histories and influences, blending Swing, Old-Time, Neo-Soul, and contemporary choral music into a sound all their own. Using solely acoustic instrumentation and three voices, they create a dreamy otherworldly atmosphere that draws audiences in and demands attention. They quiet noisy bars and liven up staid concert halls. The Ladles are Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, and Lucia Pontoniere.

Hailing from the rich musical history of the Catskill Mountains in New York State, Katie Martucci grew up singing and playing fiddle and guitar. The daughter of a jazz pianist, she began performing with her father at a young age. By the first grade, she was writing her own songs and playing for tips. Her musical journeys led her to the Ashokan Western and Swing Week Fiddle & Dance Camp, vocal lessons with Laurel Masse of Manhattan Transfer, a brief stint of collegiate a cappella at Skidmore College and ultimately, to the New England Conservatory. While at NEC, Katie studied voice, violin and songwriting in the Contemporary Improvisation Department, and had the opportunity to work with Dominique Eade, Ran Blake, Hankus Netsky, Carla Kihlstedt, and Eden MacAdam-Somer. Since graduating in May of 2016, Katie has been on the move. She currently pays rent in New Orleans, but you're more likely to find her out on the road - playing with Brooklyn-based band Goldfeather, sitting in with John Kirk & Trish Miller of Quickstep, or touring with The Ladles.

Caroline Kuhn grew up in the grit and bustle of the Upper West Side. She began her singing career at age four, recording for jingles and television.  As Caroline's voice became less marketable with the changing tides of the recording industry (and puberty), she joined the Young People's Chorus of New York City. There, she had the opportunity to travel the world performing contemporary music by composers such as Meredith Monk and Michael Gordon.  She attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and began learning tenor banjo to accompany her songwriting. While at New England Conservatory, Caroline has studied voice with Cristi Catt and Dominique Eade and continued to develop her theoretical musical intuition.

Lucia Pontoniere grew up in the diverse San Francisco Bay Area. The fourth of nine children, she was exposed to varied styles of music from a young age, everything from West African drumming to Balinese gamelan ensembles. At the age of six, she began competing in local fiddle competitions in the peewee division, averaging about 7th place. Three years later, she was accepted to the Young Musician’s Program at UC Berkeley. There, she studied with classical violinist Virginia Baker of the San Francisco Symphony and began a classical journey, attending Meadowmount School of Music in 2008. This continued on into high school, where she was awarded a scholarship to attend San Domenico School and play in the award-winning Orchestra da Camera. After playing and performing fiddle music around the Bay Area in a duo with her sister on banjo, Lucia decided she wanted to pursue music as a career. This led her to New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Department. However, realizing she wanted to delve deeper into fiddle music, she transferred to Berklee College of Music, where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Music with a concentration in Violin Performance. Lucia is working on constantly evolving as a musician - finding ways to mesh all the different parts of her life into her fiddle playing, and performing with the most honest voice she can bring to her music.

Katie, Caroline and Lucia finally crossed paths in the fall of 2014 at New England Conservatory. At that point in time, they were the only women in the undergraduate Contemporary Improvisation program. So, seeking female companionship, they banded together. Hours spent playing together in the dorms led to performances at friends' house concerts and local Boston venues. By the following year, they were living together in Cambridge and performing as The Ladles (a name fashioned after an altered "ladies room" sign in Jordan Hall). 

The Ladles released their first EP in the spring of 2016 and spent the subsequent summer touring the Northeast, captivating audiences with their distinctive vocal harmonies and unique arrangements. They are gearing up for their second annual summer tour, and have plans to record their first full length album this coming winter. 

 

recordings: 

2016 The Ladles Debut EP

video: 

What I Am N0t - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOYdumQrLTU
Juvenile - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msdw9O88Nrc
Father Neptune (Connie Converse) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAHTmJf2xus
Silver Dagger - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nouvPPKhHI4
Hands of Time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phqy1Azy4WM

festivals: 

Ossippee Valley Music Festival - Hiram, ME - Summer 2016 and 2017
Grassroots Music Festival - Trumansburg, NY - Summer 2017
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival - Oak Hill, NY - Summer 2017
The Summer Hoot - Ashokan, NY - Summer 2016
Club Passim Campfire Festival - Cambridge, MA - 2015 and 2016
Harvard Square 37th Annual Oktoberfest - Boston, MA - 2015 

awards: 

Winner of Grassroots Festival Band Contest - 2016
Second Place Clifftop Neo-traditional Band Contest - 2016
Boston Folk Song Society Featured Artist - 2015

press: 

The Ladles EP Sound of Boston Exclusive Premiere

touring: 

2016 First Summer Tour (New York, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland) 
2017 "Spring" Tour (Boston, NYC, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Cape Cod) 
2017 Summer Tour (tba)

notable performances: 

Maverick Concerts - Woodstock, NY - July 2017
Jordan Hall - Boston, MA - 2015/2016
The Stone (Residency) - New York, NY - September 2015

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